I’m so excited that MOONLIGHT KIN 1: A WOLF’S TALE is being featured on MY ROMANCE READS today. It’s still .99, which is a savings of $2.51 off the regular price. Next week the price will go back up, so get it while it’s hot.
I uploaded MOONLIGHT KIN 3: NIC yesterday to all the websites. Imagine my surprise when Amazon and Barnes & Noble had it up within an hour. This wrecked my plan to leisurely send out my ENDLESS SUMMERS newsletter. I’ve spent the morning and all of my afternoon so far sending the newsletter out, updating my website, talking to reader sites about ads, and updating all the distributors with series’ info. Did I mention that I also started a writing class today? No? Well, I did. Silly me. *ggg
Anyway, I’m about to take a look at my writing class and finally get to my daily word count. In the meantime, meet Nic. My first “regular guy” hero. I kind of like the idea, so he won’t be my last. Below you’ll find the book cover and the blurb:
Werewolf Nic La Croix has been nursing a bruised heart ever since he fell for his Alpha’s mate. The last thing he wants is to play white knight for a human female who has no business being in a shifter bar.
Mindy MacDougal has spent most of her life being her big sister’s keeper. Just once she’d like to do something for herself. When a night on the town takes a deadly turn, an unlikely hero comes to her rescue. One kiss is all it takes to draw her into Nic’s dark world. What will Mindy do when she finds out that the monster isn’t under her bed, he’s in it?
Had a fun time in New Orleans, which is something I thought I’d never hear myself say. (I had a bad experience there years ago and vowed never to go back.) I’m glad I gave the city a second chance. Met up with a lot of authors. Some were friends. Some were acquaintances. All were nice to talk to. Also encountered a lot of lovely local people, who helped change my mind about the city.
Now I’m back trying to get ready for Phoenix ComiCon. If you heard screaming and running around, that was just me panicking. ComiCon will be my last professional appearance for the year. I’d wanted to go to the Novelist Inc. conference in St. Pete, but we have a family wedding to attend.
Moonlight Kin 3: Nic is officially done. It’s sitting at 52,500 words, so nice medium length. I have the edits back and they’re finished. I plan to send him off to the formatter today. No idea how long it’ll take to get him back. My wonderful cover designer is currently constructing a Facebook ad and designing bookmarks for me to sign at ComiCon.
I tried to update my Goodreads’ page, but it wouldn’t let me. I wanted to change the status of one of my “To Read” books to “Read”. Not sure what’s happening there, but I hope they get it fixed. I get excited when I can change the status of my bookshelf, especially when it’s to get rid of something from my To Be Read pile.
I’ll begin designing my next newsletter today. Hopefully I’ll get it done by the end of the weekend. Fingers and toes crossed. If you haven’t signed up to receive it, now’s your chance. There will be sneak peeks inside the newsletter of things that won’t come out for a few months.
I’m packed. Moonlight Kin: Nic is edited. It will be proofed in two weeks, then it’s off to the formatter. I will let you know a release date as soon as I have a better idea of how long formatting will take.
Tomorrow I’m off to the Romantic Times Convention in New Orleans. All my friends are coming, so I am excited to see them. It’s been a while since I’ve seen several of them. My mom is joining me for a few days before the conference starts. Really looking forward to exploring the graveyards, eating beignets, and going on ghost tours with her. (My love of monsters had to come from somewhere.
I’ll be tweeting quite a bit I’m sure, but probably won’t post much for obvious reasons. I am currently fiddling with three different books (Archangels of Punishment: Death Angel, Moonlight Kin: Tristan, and Hawk’s Slave) to see which one takes off. I’m also working my way through Dead World 3: Crimson edits/rewrites. It should be out by the end of June. Yes, I plan to meet a minimum daily word count while I’m away.
I’ve been busy trying to finish Moonlight Kin: Nic before I head off to the Romantic Times Convention in New Orleans. This means pretty much everything else has fallen to the wayside. I still have quite a ways to go before Nic will be done. I believe he’ll be worth the wait.
Now to make a few announcements: Dead World 3: Crimson is currently being professionally scanned. Once I get the document back, it’s my intention to go through the manuscript and re-edit/rewrite it. The plan is to release it at the end of June…if all goes well. Right now, I am REALLY behind on my schedule. I am praying that somewhere along the line, I’ll be able to catch up so that I reach my year-end goals.
Moonlight Kin: Nic will come out next month. I’d hoped to get him out this month, but frankly, I don’t see how that can happen.
The third point of interest is that Love’s First Bite is up on MY ROMANCE READS today. This is the LAST CHANCE you have to pick up the anthology. As a group, we’ve decided to unpublish it on April 30th. So if you don’t get it now, it will NOT be available later.
Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.
Not sure what happened with WordPress yesterday, but after it updated I couldn’t access my site. I could see it, which was nice, but couldn’t do anything with it. Not useful that. Anyway, Dh brought out his tech skills and fixed it for me–thank goodness. Today, I’ve been searching for the spot where I can stop automatic updates. Haven’t found it yet. But I will. And when I do, I WILL stop them. I don’t want a repeat of yesterday happening again.
I’m still butt deep in writing Moonlight Kin: Nic. Sometimes it feels like I’m going backwards, but I know it’ll eventually get done. Right now I’ve set a goal to have it finished and off to the copywriter by the end of this month. I want it formatted and up for sale before I leave for the Romantic Times Convention next month. Wish me luck!
This past weekend I attended the Desert Dreams Conference in Tempe, Arizona. Even though I know a lot of people in that particular chapter (I’m not a member.), I had mixed feelings about attending. A lot had to do with the fact that my career has wandered away from traditional publishing. That doesn’t mean that I won’t publish with N.Y. in the future. It just means that for now I’m happy to blaze my own trail. Anyway, I’m genuinely grateful that I went. I learned a couple of craft tricks, spoke to some amazing people, and received quite a bit of inspiration–especially from Toni McGee Causey and Christie Craig. I also had a good time bantering with Mary Buckham. Wish I would’ve got to speak with her some more in private. Had a feeling we’d get on like a house on fire so to speak. *g Shelley Coriell did a wonderful goal-setting talk. I’m still struggling with her worksheet. Not because it’s super hard, but because I’m unsure what I want. (Story of my life.;)
Anyway, the whole thing got me thinking about the meaning of friendships. I’m the first to admit that I don’t make friends easily. I AM standoffish. I like to get a read on people before I try to build a bond. Because of this trait, I can come off as aloof and quiet, even though quiet is not in my nature. When I was younger, I was much more open and didn’t really have that problem. I didn’t have a lot of ‘close’ friends, but I did have a lot of friends. I mostly blame my years at the airline, which burned me out on being around people, but publishing hasn’t helped. I’ll explain why.
When you first start out in the publishing industry, you tend to gravitate to people at your own writing level. Then after much work (If you haven’t done the work, no amount of self-publishing will make you an author. Unless of course you enjoy being the Kardashian of the author world. If that’s the case, knock yourself out.) and if the stars align, you sell something to a publisher. At this point, the friends that you made divide into two categories: the ones that sold, too and the ones that are still trying to sell. (Obviously with the advent of self-publishing things have changed.) As your career builds and you sell more books, the original group divides again. This time by level of success. This is where friendships get tricky. Within this final group dynamic, you’re going to get three types of friends: The kind that will stick by you and continue to cheer you on. (The best kind.) The kind that drift away because they get too busy. You’ll still be friends, but you won’t have time to talk much. And the final kind, the kind that used your friendship as a career stepping stone. They tend to break off contact once they reach whatever level they’re striving for. The latter is the most hurtful because they only appear to be your friend. The second it’s no longer convenient/helpful they’re gone.
The trick is to figure out which is which before you’re hurt. I used to have a dear friend in L.A. He had what he called the L.A. Friendship Rule. He told me to never call anyone a friend in L.A. until you’ve known them for six months. His theory (which by the way turned out to be pretty accurate) was that if someone was going to flake, they’d do it within that six month time period. It’s a rule I forgot to apply to publishing and honestly should have. Don’t you make the same mistake.
Onto new adventures… I finished my first graphic novel script. I’d never written one before and had to look up how it was done. Thank you Amazon for next day delivery. The lovely and immensely talented Marjorie Liu was kind enough to send me samples of her scripts to help me. (Did I mention that she’s wonderful? And that she writes X-men comics?) Anyway, I wrote the script in a day, but it took over a week to edit. I am incredibly proud of it and really hope it’s not my last one. I quite enjoyed doing it. The style works well with my particular writing style.
I am currently in the midst of writing the next Moonlight Kin novel/novella. At this point, I have no idea what it’s going to turn out to be, but I’m really enjoying the story and the characters. Hopefully you will, too. It will be finished by the end of this month. I need it done before I leave for the Romantic Times Convention in New Orleans.:)
I’m also nearing the end of my Christine Feehan series re-read. Every year I re-read three different series, Christine Feehan’s original Dark books (the first eleven), Stephanie Laurens’ first Cynster books (the first ten), and D.B. Reynolds’ Vampires in America series. I do this when I can’t settle on a new book. I know this doesn’t help my monstrous TBR pile go down, but it can’t be helped.
In the meantime, Cynthia Eden, Vivi Anna, Patrice Michelle, Erica Stevens, Michele Hauf and I have decided to change our Love’s First Bite cover. Same great stories. Nothing else has changed. So if you’ve already bought the book, you’re good. You don’t need to grab this one. If you haven’t bought the anthology, feast your eyes on this: